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  • Tom Cruise is a licensed pilot with qualifications as a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot and helicopter flying skills.
  • Cruise owns a collection of airplanes, including a vintage P-51 Mustang fighter from World War II and a Gulfstream IV G4 jet.
  • There may be additional aircraft in Cruise's fleet, such as a HondaJet and a Bombardier Challenger 300 jet, according to a travel expert.

It wasn't just a show for 'Top Gun.' Tom Cruise is one of the few actors who genuinely love aviation. He has been a licensed pilot since 1994 and is able to fly several types of aircraft. However, it doesn't stop with a license. The famous Hollywood actor also has a collection of airplanes varying from vintage fighters to business jets.

What kind of license does Cruise have?

In various discussions, Tom Cruise has revealed that his affinity for aviation was crucial to his initial attraction to the original 'Top Gun.' He shared that he holds qualifications as a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot and has continued to enhance his skill set throughout his life. Notably, he acquired helicopter flying skills for the remarkable stunts seen in the 2018 film 'Mission Impossible: Fallout.'

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North American P-51 Mustang fighter

During a segment on The Late Late Show, Cruise took host James Corden for a ride in his own vintage P-51 Mustang fighter plane. Tom Cruise acquired this World War II fighter in 2001, which was initially built in 1946.

The P-51 Mustang was an American long-range fighter bomber that served alongside other conflicts during World War II and the Korean War. It was developed by North American Aviation and was retired in 1984. Nevertheless, even today, the fighter is utilized for air racing by civilian pilots. After being donated to an Illinois museum, the plane underwent restoration in 1997.

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Making his recent performance in ' Top Gun: Maverick ,' Tom Cruise takes to the skies in the P-51 Mustang fighter. What adds intrigue to this is the revelation that he wasn't just portraying the pilot on screen – he was actually at the controls of his very own P-51 Mustang fighter.

Gulfstream IV G4 jet

With an estimated price tag of $20 million, this jet boasts the capability to accommodate as many as 19 passengers. Notably, it reportedly comes furnished with luxuries, including a jacuzzi and a dedicated movie-screening room, according to Business Insider.

The Gulfstream IV G4 is a long-range executive jet designed and built by Gulfstream , a General Dynamics company based in Savannah, Georgia, United States, from 1985 until 2018. Its production spanned from 1985 to 2018, resulting in over 900 G4 units taking to the skies. This jet can cover distances of up to 7,100 kilometers and achieve a top speed of 850 kilometers per hour.

Is there more?

Whether the actor has more aircraft in its fleet has been under speculation as it was never officially confirmed. But according to a Business Insider report, in addition to the vintage fighter jet and the Gulfstream IV G4, Jack Sweeney, who is famous for reporting the travel habits of numerous celebrities, including Elon Musk, said he has been able to identify Cruise's HondaJet and a Bombardier Challenger 300 jet.

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The Real Story of Darkstar, the Mach-10 Hypersonic Jet in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

The legendary Skunk Works had a hand in developing Tom Cruise’s fastest plane yet.

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  • The SR-72 doesn’t really exist, but engineers at Lockheed Martin had a hand in its development.
  • The company’s famous Skunk Works division developed the SR-72 , as well as the real SR-71.

In Top Gun: Maverick , Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell takes his need for speed to a new realm: the hypersonic realm, that is. Thirty-six years after the first film debuted, Mitchell is a test pilot flying the SR-72 “Darkstar” airplane. Although fictional, the SR-72 has a real-world pedigree, with design help for the aircraft and models coming from the same group that is designing the real SR-72: the world-famous Skunk Works , Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs.

According to Lockheed Martin, the production team behind Top Gun: Maverick contacted the company’s Skunk Works division to assist with the SR-72 concept. The Skunk Works, a name drawn from the cartoon Li’l Abner , is the division of Lockheed Martin that works on classified aircraft programs. Established by legendary aviation engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, the Skunk Works has proven itself the most important and influential aviation design bureau of the modern era, responsible for the U-2 spy plane , SR-71 Blackbird , F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter, F-22 Raptor , and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter .

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The Top Gun team made a logical choice. After all, the fictional SR-72 “Darkstar” hypersonic aircraft is meant as a follow-on to the SR-71, which the Skunk Works also developed. Both are high-speed, manned strategic reconnaissance jets. The difference is that while the SR-71 had a top speed of Mach 3.3 (or 2,193 miles per hour), the movie’s SR-72 is firmly in hypersonic territory, reaching Mach 10, or 7,672 miles per hour. (Hypersonic speeds—faster than the speed of sound—exceed 3,000 miles per hour, or over Mach 5.)

Of course, the SR-72 Darkstar is also fake. The movie plane shares its name with the RQ-3 Darkstar , a high-altitude, long-endurance surveillance drone that Lockheed Martin developed in the 1990s. The real Darkstar was a slow-moving spy platform that flew at less than 5 percent of the movie plane’s speed.

But is the movie version closer to reality than one might suspect? The movie SR-72 bears a resemblance to Skunk Works concept art for the real-world uncrewed SR-72, also a hypersonic strategic reconnaissance aircraft, first announced in 2016. The aircraft features a long blended wing and fuselage and small cranked arrow wings. The Skunk Works logo is prominent on the visible tail fin. According to The Washington Post , then-LockMart CEO Marilyn Hewson described it at the time as a Mach 6-capable jet.

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The movie’s SR-72 (pictured at the top of this story) is virtually identical to a 2016 rendering that Lockheed Martin released on its website (pictured just above), right down to the Skunk Works logo on the tail. The only major difference is the addition of pilot cockpit windows on the left and right of the movie SR-72, whereas the real-world plane will be uncrewed and would not need any.

Lockheed Martin, on its Top Gun: Maverick webpage , explains it had a number of staff work on the movie project to flesh out what a Mach-10 plane might look like. The page has three short video vignettes featuring “ Jim ,” a conceptual designer who draws aircraft for the company. Using a pencil, Jim sketches the movie SR-72 while sitting outdoors in front of a CGI version of the aircraft.

The next LockMart employee is “ Becky ,” who describes her work as designing and fabricating different types of full-scale pole models. Pole models are models of aircraft that are mounted on tall poles for testing to determine their radar cross-section. The smaller the radar cross-section, the more difficult it is for a radar to detect the aircraft. Becky appears to be at the Lockheed Martin Helendale Radar Cross Section Facility, which had a moment on social media last year when a new, previously unseen aircraft shape was photographed at the facility.

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The final two company employees profiled for Top Gun: Maverick are “Jason” and “Lucio.” Jason and Lucio are model-makers that actually cut and mold material to form a concept aircraft, and the video shows them working on a model of the movie SR-72. (Or is it the real SR-72?) Interestingly, Becky, Jason, and Lucio are all shown with a previously unseen teardrop-shaped aircraft mounted on the Helendale facility pole. Whether or not the aircraft is a real design under testing or something cool dreamed up to place on top of the pole remains to be seen.

The movie SR-72 could be a lot closer to a real aircraft than the general public realizes. There’s no Pentagon contract to build the real-world SR-72 yet; So far, it’s an internal Lockheed Martin effort, so it may never actually be built. But it seems likely that what’s on the silver screen is very much along the lines of what at least one defense contractor believes is a plausible aircraft. Unfortunately, it won’t have room inside for Tom Cruise.

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SPOILER ALERT – This story contains Top Gun: Maverick plot points : In the opening moments of Top Gun: Maverick , Tom Cruise ‘s Capt. Pete Mitchell takes an an experimental hypersonic plane called “The Darkstar ” on an unauthorized test run. Those who’ve seen the trailer — or the movie, at this point — will recall a low-flying triangular aircraft blowing past a lonely guard post on the desert floor. In a half-second, the flyby literally blows the roof off the shack.

A flash of the scene in an early behind-the-scenes trailer set the aviation blogosphere aflutter — and not just because of the mind-blowing visual. The aircraft’s unusual shape raised eyebrows. Some posited that it could be the legendary SR-71 Blackbird , once dubbed “the fastest plane ever.” Topping out at Mach 3, the high-altitude reconnaissance plane could literally outrun missiles shot at it by Russian MiGs.

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Others guessed it could be something even more exotic: The near-mythical hypersonic SR-72, the Blackbird’s rumored descendant, which is designed to fly at six times the speed of sound.

Lockheed Martin had uncharacteristically announced plans for the plane in 2013. Not much more was heard about the so-called “Son of Blackbird” until Lockheed confirmed engine tests in 2017. Some reports have maintained the SR-72 could be “rolled out for initial flight demonstrations by no later than 2023.” Lockheed, in its original announcement, claimed the game-changer could be operational by 2030. Oh, and it pegged the development cost at $1 billion.

SR-72 Darkstar

Not much more has ever been officially revealed about the SR-72. That, along with its game-changing speed, has only added to the plane’s mystique.

It was odd, then, that Lockheed CEO James Taiclet posted publicly on LinkedIn this month that the company’s ultra-secret Skunk Works, which handles many of its most boundary-stretching projects including the SR-72, “partnered with Top Gun’s producers to bring cutting-edge, future forward technology to the big screen,” including tech around “hypersonic flight.” He also shared a photo of himself at the film’s premiere.

Lockheed Martin Director of Communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa John Neilson was even more explicit in a recent tweet writing, “Rumours that Top Gun: Maverick , in cinemas May 27, features a sneaky peek at what might be the @LockheedMartin SR-72, successor to super-impressive SR-71 Blackbird. This still photo from promotional materials seems to support that thinking.”

Rumours that ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, in cinemas May 27, features a sneaky peek at what might be the @LockheedMartin SR-72, successor to super-impressive SR-71 Blackbird. This still photo from promotional materials seems to support that thinking. I can’t wait #avgeek #wingfriday pic.twitter.com/PyAak69qOj — John Neilson (@flyingjok) April 29, 2022

So is it the fabled “Son of Blackbird” that’s featured in Top Gun: Maverick ? The answer is, “sort of.”

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer told military blog Sandboxx News that director “Joe [Kosinski] worked with Skunk Works and Lockheed [Martin] to design the plane that’s in there.”

Kosinski revealed that details of the plane are, indeed, taken “out of real experimental aircraft” from Skunk Works.

“For me, just being kind of an aviation buff, and always loving that world, the idea to give people a peek behind the curtain of secret projects…I worked with Skunk Works, which is the division of Lockheed, that actually makes these type of aircraft because I wanted it to feel as real as possible,” he told Comic Book Movie.com this week. “So, every detail of that is based on reality, the way the aircraft functions, the way it looks, all the switches, and stick are actually taken out of real experimental aircraft.”

And in the spirit of creating as many Top Gun: Maverick’s effects in the real world vs. the digital, “We built a full-scale model, a full-scale mock-up of the Darkstar aircraft that you see Maverick fly in the movie. Yeah, I just wanted to show the audience that the first few minutes definitely feels like a Top Gun movie, but once he gets in that jet, I do also want you to know that we’re telling a whole new story, and that sequence kind of helped set that tone up for the movie.”

A very good shot of the Darkstar is featured in Lady Gaga’s video for her song for the film, “Hold My Hand.” See it below.

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“The reason it looks so real is because it was the engineers from Skunk Works who helped us design it,” the director told Sandboxx News. “So those are the same people who are working on real aircraft.”

So, did Cruise — or someone — actually fly a hypersonic plane for the film? The short answer is likely “No.”

Not only would the SR-72 — if a prototype actually exists — be prohibitively expensive to operate even on a blockbuster-level budget, bringing such a plane itself out into the open would have national security implications.

To that point, Bruckheimer made news earlier this month when he told Sandboxx that the Chinese government kept an eye on the plane used in the film.

“The Navy told us that a Chinese satellite turned and headed on a different route to photograph that plane. They thought it was real. That’s how real it looks.”

According to production documents obtained and verified as authentic by Deadline, the scenes involving the Darkstar were scheduled to be shot between November 7 and 9, 2018 out in the Mojave Desert at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, near Ridgecrest.

The Darkstar was filmed both inside and outside a hangar at China Lake, including VFX plate shots and drone shots of the hypersonic clone rolling onto the tarmac. The plane was housed outside over night, but under a “temporary hangar,” likely frustrating interested parties overseas.

If it had been visible, those interested parties might have noticed one crucial difference between what we know of the SR-72 and the plane that Cruise’s Capt. Pete Mitchell flies in the film: Lockheed’s plane is unmanned and has no windows, which would be a problem for a wow-factor aircraft in a film about naval aviators. One other big difference is that the Darkstar, being Tom Cruise’s plane, goes to Mach 10.

For an even closer look at Maverick’s Darkstar, inside and out, here’s a video review of the expansion pack for it which was just released in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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The Navy Stopped Tom Cruise from Flying an Actual Jet in Top Gun: Maverick

He pilots a p-51 propeller-driven fighter plane and various other aircraft in the sequel..

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Tom Cruise was barred by the Navy from flying an actual F-18 Super Hornet jet in Top Gun: Maverick, even though he pilots several other aircraft in the sequel.

According to USA Today , Jerry Bruckheimer, who co-produced the original Top Gun, spoke to Empire Magazine about the long-awaited sequel. He hinted that fans can expect plenty of thrilling action sequences in the movie, as glimpsed in the trailers , with Cruise piloting a P-51 and various other helicopters and aircraft — bar Maverick's F-18 jet.

Apparently, Cruise put in a request to fly the Super Hornet but he was denied clearance by the Navy. Instead, IMAX cameras were installed inside the F-18 cockpits to shoot certain scenes while skilled Navy pilots took care of the actual flying, which Bruckheimer assures will give the experience of "what it's like to be in an F-18 in that cockpit with those pilots."

"When you're pulling heavy Gs, it compresses your spine, your skull. It makes some people delirious. Some people can't handle it," said Cruise, who, as a producer on the film, signed his co-stars up for intense training and aerial boot camp. "So I had to get them up to be able to sustain high Gs. Because they have to act in the plane. I can't have them sick the whole time."

Tron: Legacy and Oblivion's Joseph Kosinski directs the decades-later sequel, which sees Cruise reprising his role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. Now a flight instructor, Maverick must head back into the danger zone and confront his past while training a new squad of graduates for a perilous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice.

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Top Gun: Maverick will finally arrive in cinemas on November 19. Val Kilmer will be returning as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky alongside franchise newcomers Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, and Miles Teller in a lead role . Notably absent from the cast is Kelly McGillis who played Maverick's love interest, Charlie Blackwood, in the original film.

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Tom Cruise accepted his MTV award while piloting his own plane on Sunday during a pre-recorded message.

It’s a high-flying achievement.

Tom Cruise took the skies in his P-51 Mustang plane Sunday to accept his MTV Movie Award for Best Performance in a Movie for the film “Top Gun: Maverick.”

The 60-year-old, who had his golden popcorn trophy in the co-pilot’s seat, thanked his fanbase for their love and support in a pre-recorded message.

“Hi, everyone, thank you so much for this award,” said Cruise. “I make these films for you. I love you. I love entertaining you. How much you enjoy it, how much you appreciate it. There is no better feeling and I hope you enjoy this.”

The A-list actor also took time to plug his upcoming “Mission Impossible” film.

“I hope you enjoy ‘Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1.’ It’ll be coming out in July,” said Cruise, adding that the film will be a “wild ride.”

“Have a wonderful summer. Thank you again for letting me entertain you. It’s an absolute privilege. We’ll see you at the movies,” finished Cruise before maneuvering his plane back down toward the ground.

The actor was nominated for the award alongside “Elvis” star Austin Butler, KeKe Palmer from “Nope,” Florence Pugh for the thriller “Don’t Worry Darling” and Micheal B. Jordan for “Creed III.”

The Post reached out to Cruise for comment.

Tom Cruise took the skies in his P-51 Mustang plane Sunday to accept his MTV Movie Award for Best Performance in a Movie for the film "Top Gun: Maverick."

The appearance inside the plane marked the “Jack Reacher” star’s second pre-recorded message of the evening.

During the coronation concert for King Charles III, the actor delivered another gravity-defying statement to the newly-crowned monarch.

“Your Majesty, you can be my wingman anytime,” said Cruise acknowledging the King’s 23-year military service record in both the Navy and Air Force.

The 60-year-old, who had his golden popcorn trophy in the copilot’s seat, thanked his fanbase for their love and support in a pre-recorded message.

Fans were divided over the obnoxious acceptance speech.

“Hey, this is the same clip from the coronation,” tweeted one fan.

“No one accepts an award better than @TomCruise,” gushed another.

During the coronation concert for King Charles III, the actor delivered another gravity-defying statement to the newly-crowned monarch.

“WAHHOOOO CONGRATULATIONS TC,” said one very excited person.

Other viewers slammed the Golden Globe actor’s win saying that Austin Butler, 31, should have won.

“Nah Austin should have won,” tweeted one person.

“You’re joking,” said another.

The 2023 MTV Awards were among the first casualties of the ongoing writers’ strike after host Drew Barrymore dropped out mere days before the show was set to air in support of the protestors.

Things we'll never forget: @TomCruise 's performance in #TopGun : Maverick 🎥 Congrats to Tom Cruise on winning Best Performance in a Movie at the 2023 #MTVAwards ! pic.twitter.com/dZr3Wglpdq — Movie & TV Awards (@MTVAwards) May 8, 2023

“I have listened to the writers, and in order to truly respect them, I will pivot from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live in solidarity with the strike,” said Barrymore, 48, in a statement. “Everything we celebrate and honor about movies and television is born out of their creation.”

“And until a solution is reached, I am choosing to wait but I’ll be watching from home and hope you will join me. I thank MTV, who has truly been some of the best partners I have ever worked with,” Barrymore’s statement continued. “I can’t wait to be a part of this next year, when I can truly celebrate everything that MTV has created, which is a show that allows fans to choose who the awards go to and is truly inclusive.​”

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Tom Cruise Used One Of His Own Planes In Top Gun: Maverick's Final Scene

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Nearly 40 years after Tom Cruise flew into our hearts with 1986's "Top Gun," its sequel, "Top Gun: Maverick," has proven that there is still plenty of fuel in the tank for audiences to enjoy. Released during the 2022 Memorial Day weekend, the film, which follows Pete Maverick ( Tom Cruise ) returning to the Top Gun program in order to train a new crop of pilots for a dangerous mission, became a record-breaking juggernaut at the box office. Upon its opening weekend, the film earned over $160 million, becoming the most successful film to open during Memorial Day weekend, besting the previous record-holder, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (via Deadline ). "Maverick" would go on to become the year's current highest-grossing title (via Variety ) with a worldwide box office gross of over $1.4 billion (via Box Office Mojo ). On top of that, the film was lauded by critics and audiences alike, boasting a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes . 

Among the film's most beloved aspects are its daring arrays of stunts and plane flying sequences. "Maverick" saw a different challenge as the rest of the cast had to go through rigorous training in order to direct themselves while simultaneously performing their many high-flying action scenes (via The Independent ). For stunt guru Cruise, however, this was clearly a great chance for him to allow his immense love of aviation to shine once again. And he would do this by showing off his own impressive air vessel in the film. 

Cruise's P-51 Mustang is his pride and joy

The end of "Top Gun: Maverick" would see the use of a P-51 Mustang where Rooster, which Maverick uses to fly with his love interest, Penny (Jennifer Connelly). The impressive machine, which was originally built as a fighter jet in the 1940s for use in World War II, belongs to Tom Cruise. "You know if 'Top Gun' was made in the 1940s ... this airplane is the star of the show," says "Top Gun: Maverick" technical advisor Steve Hinton in a behind-the-scenes featurette (via YouTube ). "Airplanes today are very computer-oriented and P-51 is all push, pull, cables, nothing's automatic." To promote the film's release, Cruise even brought late-night television host James Corden into the plane for a special flight — much to Corden's dismay (via YouTube ).

While Cruise may be well-known for his daring array of stunts within such movies as the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, the actor also has a real-life need for speed, owning a varied collection of valuable automobiles, motorcycles, and planes. This should come as no surprise, considering that Cruise obtained his pilot's license in 1994 (via Style ). His plane collection is especially impressive, as he is reported to own upwards of five private jets, including a Gulfstream IV G4 jet, which he originally got for his then-wife, Katie Holmes. Even his famous Mustang would sport "Kiss Me, Kate" on its side for some time until the two broke up (via Forbes ). 

Can Tom Cruise fly fighter jets? When he got his pilot’s licence and how much of Top Gun he’s flying for real

Tom cruise is famous for his commitment to realism, and frequently performs his own stunts.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise portraying Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a scene from "Top Gun: Maverick." (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures via AP)

The much anticipated Top Gun: Maverick i s about to hit the big screen, and critics are already raving about the quality of the flight scenes.

Tom Cruise is famous for his commitment to realism, frequently performs his own stunts, and even broke his ankle while filming Mission Impossible in London in 2018.

But does the daredevil do his own flying? Here’s everything you need to know.

What can we expect from the new Top Gun ?

Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is back and is still feeling the need for speed. His bosses have him in their line of fire, but he remains the best navy test pilot around and commands respect from his flying colleagues.

There is a seemingly impossible mission to blow up an Iranian uranium enrichment plant and Maverick is dispatched to train up an elite team of graduates for the task.

Expect some breathtaking aerobatic displays which, judging by the critics and not entirely surprisingly, outstrip those of the original.

Geoffrey Macnab, writing in i , said “the aerial photography is every bit as spectacular as you would expect”.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise portraying Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a scene from "Top Gun: Maverick." (Paramount Pictures via AP)

The sequel, he adds, “defies cynicism and confirms Tom Cruise’s status as Hollywood’s ‘mission leader’ when it comes to blockbusters ”.

Deadline Hollywood praised the film saying it “tops the original in every way imaginable” adding it is “an example of Hollywood filmmaking at its zenith”.

The original Top Gun was released on 16 May, 1986 and went on to become one of the most famous films of the 80s.

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, deeming it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Is the flying real?

Cruise is well known for doing his own stunts, and he has built that reputation through decades of action films such as the Mission Impossible and Jack Reacher movies.

“People had asked for a sequel for decades,” Cruise told the PA News service. “And the thing I said to the studio from the beginning was: ‘If I’m ever going to entertain this, we’re shooting everything practically. I’m in that F/A-18, period.”

The cast of Maverick underwent serious training in how to cope in the air, meaning the footage you see is in fact real, not CGI.

The course was developed by Cruise, lated three months, and included tuition in underwater evacuation, aerial aviation and flight itself.

They were also prepared for the dynamic pressures of G-force.

They started in single-engined planes, moved on to a Czech-designed jet trainer called the Aero L-39 Albatros, and then the F-18 Super Hornet.

Miles Teller, who plays ‘Rooster’ the son of ‘Goose’ from the original film, explained: “We trained for this for a long time, Tom had us in a flight programme for several months before we ever started filming.

“But it was never something you really ever got, like, super comfortable with, at least for me. It was something that every time I went up, it really tested me and I felt like I wanted to puke pretty much every time.”

The team also learned to operate cameras and about cinematography as they were essentially filming themselves up there.

But were they actually in control of the aircraft?

Despite this training the Navy did insist on having trained officers at the controls of the F-18 Super Hornet, which is worth £56m.

Glen Roberts, the chief of the Pentagon’s entertainment media office, said a regulation bars non-military personnel from controlling a Defence Department asset other than small arms in training scenarios.

Instead, the actors rode behind F/A-18 pilots, and external shots are of trained Navy pilots.

Cruise, who has been a licensed pilot since 1994, did fly a P-51 propeller-driven fighter plane and a few helicopters for the movie.

The planes aircraft carriers and military bases are also real locations.

Who else stars in the Top Gun: Maverick ?

The cast includes:

  • Tom Cruise as Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell, a test pilot
  • Miles Teller as Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw
  • Jennifer Connelly as Penelope “Penny” Benjamin
  • Val Kilmer as Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazansky
  • Jon Hamm as Vice Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson
  • Ed Harris Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain

It was directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and long-time Cruise collaborator, Christopher McQuarrie.

Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated to the director of the original Top Gun , Tony Scott, who died in 2012.

Lady Gaga has co-written Hold My Hand , the lead song for the sequel’s soundtrack’s.

Those who remember the original Top Gun will recall its big hit song was Berlin’s You Take My Breath Away . It won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

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Top Gun Maverick: Tom Cruise Owns This Plane From the Movie, as He Is Spotted Taking the Machine to the Skies Recently

Tom cruise flew his own p-51 mustang in the ending sequence of top gun: maverick which also featured lady gaga's song hold my hand..

Top Gun Maverick: Tom Cruise Owns This Plane From the Movie, Recently Spotted Flying - Top Gun: Maverick

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was recently spotted flying an aircraft out of the Naples Airport in Florida. Turns out, it is the same P-51 Mustang viewers saw in his movie, Top Gun: Maverick.

Cruise, who is a licensed pilot, owns this magnificent fighter-bomber. This came up via reports, and it ignited a beautiful and tender connection between Cruise and his love for aviation, as we see in the Top Gun movies, that we were previously unaware of.

Tom Cruise flew his own P-51 Mustang in the ending sequence of Top Gun: Maverick

The 2022 movie Top Gun: Maverick was a long pending sequel to the 1986 movie Top Gun. Tom Cruise returned to Top Gun school, this time as an instructor, taking the story forward from where Top Gun left.

The actor was recently caught flying off on the Mustang, as he left for the production of the upcoming Mission: Impossible movie, Dead Reckoning Part Two. This is the same aircraft that we saw in Top Gun: Maverick. In fact, it was Tom Cruise himself who was reportedly flying the Mustang in the movie.

Cruise, who is said to have gained his love for aviation after the first Top Gun movie, got his pilot’s license in 1994. Since then, he has this Mustang, along with two other planes, in his collection. As for the Mustang, The Sun reports that while these P-51 Mustangs were used as fighter-bombers during World War II, Tom Cruise’s aircraft is “believed to have been built in 1946.” Furthermore, Cruise had reportedly even named the Mustang “Kiss Me Kate” after his ex-wife Katie Holmes. However, following Cruise’s separation with Katie Holmes, the name has since then been removed.

Regardless, we just got to see one more instance of Tom Cruise being a movie hero in real life, or should we say, Captain “Maverick” Mitchell?

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Top gun 2: why tom cruise wasn't allowed to fly an f-18 fighter jet.

Although he pilots several different aircraft in Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise was denied clearance by the U.S. Navy to fly the F-18 jet.

  • Tom Cruise insisted on prioritizing practical effects over CGI in Top Gun: Maverick , adding authenticity to the aerial action.
  • Cruise originally wanted to fly a real Boeing F-18 fighter jet in the film, but the US Navy denied his request due to insurance concerns and the high cost of the plane.
  • Cruise's dedication to doing his own stunts enhances the storytelling and creates a level of authenticity that can't be achieved in any other way.

Given the actor's reputation for wild stunts, it's not surprising that many viewers were wondering did Tom Cruise actually fly in T op Gun: Maverick . Joseph Kosinski's sequel has surpassed the original 1986 Top Gun with its box office success and a Best Picture nomination. Much of this has to do with how the movie prioritized practical effects over CGI, adding authenticity to the aerial action. That said, while it's no secret that Tom Cruise does his own stunts a lot, some of the tricks proposed for Top Gun: Maverick were a little too ambitious, even by Cruise's standards.

When it came to the long-awaited sequel, Cruise signed on for the project only with the assurance that the film's effects would not be reliant on CGI. Cruise was so ambitious, in fact, that he had initially hoped to fly a real Boeing F-18 fighter jet. A certified pilot, Top Gun: Maverick's Cruise is well-accustomed to high-octane aviation stunts . Many Cruise fans will already be aware that many of the more impressive helicopter stunts in 2018's Mission: Impossible - Fallout were performed by Cruise. However, Bruckheimer maintains that the US Navy ultimately denied Cruise's requests to fly the Super Hornet, which boasts a price tag in excess of $70 million.

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Why it’s sensible that tom cruise wasn’t allowed to fly a fighter jet, the navy denied his application.

The Super Hornet jet does feature in the sequel, but Tom Cruise did not fly them in Top Gun: Maverick as those scenes were all completed with assistance from Navy pilots. According to producer Bruckheimer, Cruise does fly a P-51 propeller-driven fighter plane, as well as some helicopters. With the assistance of skilled editing, the action sequences are convincing to even the best-trained eye.

There's no confirmation about why the US Navy might have denied Cruise's aspirations to pilot a Super Hornet , even though the actor has experience flying Top Gun 's supersonic military aircraft . However, the most logical reason would be insurance concerns, which is always enough of a consideration to prevent actors from doing their own stunts.

The cost of the plane also figures into this – a real F-18 Super Hornet would make up roughly half of Top Gun: Maverick 's $152 million budget. That would be likely to create logistical nightmares for the insurance of the film. That's not even to mention insuring Cruise himself, who, though already a certified pilot, may not have the specific training required to fly the F-18 safely.

Insurance woes aside, should an inexperienced pilot such as Cruise lose control of a high-speed aircraft, it could also mean peril for civilians and/or military personnel on the ground. Besides, while Tom Cruise does his own stunts to great effect, the real Navy pilots in Top Gun: Maverick 's brought more than enough authenticity to the sequel.

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Why does tom cruise like to do his own stunts, a passion for story telling is why tom cruise doesn't use stunt doubles much.

The real reason why Tom Cruise does his own stunts is simple: it's the best way to tell whatever story is at hand . In the actor's own words, “It has to do with storytelling… It allows us to put cameras in places that you’re not normally able to do.” Indeed, if the lead actor in an action movie is able to physically perform the character's stunts, this removes the necessity to shoot from strange angles or use editing tricks to make dangerous scenes appear real. This ultimately translates to smoother action sequences and scenes closer to the writer, stunt coordinator, and director's vision.

Moreover, whenever Cruise puts himself in danger for a risky stunt, everyone involved - from the film crew to the audience - is much more invested in the results, a level of authenticity that simply can't be achieved in any other way. Outside of the Top Gun series, this stunning effect can also be observed in the stunt-filled Mission Impossible franchise .

The F/A-18 Super Hornet Requires An Advanced Pilot

The aircraft in top gun: maverick are among the hardest to fly.

While Tom Cruise did really fly in Top Gun: Maverick with certain aircraft, confirming his exceptional pilot skills, the F/A-18 Super Hornets are not the kind of plane just anyone can jump into and take off . It requires specially trained pilots to operate these aircraft given their immense power and the danger involved. Some of the impressive specifics about the plane (via: Military.com ) include its maximum speed of 1,190 mph and the ability to climb 45,000 ft per minute. Such power is needed as the Super Hornets have a 30,500 lb weight while empty which can increase to 66,000 lbs with its maximum weapons load.

It seems as though Tom Cruise will do anything for his stunts , and that likely includes the necessary training to handle an aircraft like this. However, even if he was denied that opportunity, the Super Hornets didn't come at a discounted price. It was reported (via Bloomberg ) that the movie r ented the Super Hornets from the U.S. Navy for over $11,000 an hour . However, given that Top Gun: Maverick more than surpassed box office expectations, it seems as though it was a price worth paying.

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Tom cruise’s wildest stunt, top gun: maverick isn't his most dangerous filming experience.

By Tom Cruise's own reckoning, the wildest and most dangerous stunt he's ever performed is when he hung on to a moving plane in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation , the fifth movie in the MI series. Not surprisingly, for Tom Cruise, flying a Super Hornet would qualify as a less dangerous stunt, as that would have at least required the actor to be inside the plane. Although Cruise was harnessed to the plane in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation , no amount of safety precautions could account for all the inherent dangers involved with a person wearing virtually no protection while hanging onto a moving aircraft. This just goes to show the level of sheer dedication Cruise brings to his movie projects.

However, recently Cruise has suggested a new stunt in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part 1 might be his wildest stunt yet, which involves Cruise jumping a motorcycle off of a cliff and then parachuting to safety. It is a stunt that took years of planning and training to get right and promises to be another spectacle from the dedicated actor. Clearly, even if Tom Cruise didn't really fly the F-18s in Top Gun: Maverick , he is not slowing down at all when it comes to his onscreen stunts.

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Is Tom Cruise a real pilot? All about his flying dream

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  •  – on May 26, 2022
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Tom Cruise returns for the second installment of  Top Gun , which promises to be an improvement on the first one. However, before the film’s premiere, Cruise teamed up with television host and actor James Corden to promote the movie. In 2018, Tom took James skydiving; in 2022, Tom strapped him into a plane piloted by the  Mission Impossible  star. 

“I’m gonna go up in a 75-year-old plane with someone who isn’t a pilot? Yeah, that sounds like a good idea,”  Corden protested . 

If it were another actor, it’d be difficult to believe that they were a pilot. However, given Tom Cruise’s penchant for performing his own stunts, it’s pretty easy to fathom Cruise having a pilot’s license. 

Tom Cruise has held a pilot’s license since 1994

Tom Cruise qualified as a pilot in 1994, nearly three decades ago. Cruise reportedly owns several planes, including a luxury Gulfstream jet and his beloved P-51 Mustang, a WWII fighter that’ll appear in  Top Gun . 

“The P-51 Mustang you see in the movie is actually my plane, so I got to pilot in those sequences,” Cruise told  Hello magazine . “I also got to be in the jet fighter a lot more this time, which was thrilling. It was something I had been working up to.”

Cruise told the outlet that  Top Gun  allowed him to fulfill two dreams: flying and acting. “All I ever wanted to be was a pilot or an actor, so Top Gun was a huge moment in so many respects, including my passion for aviation,” Cruise said. “I got to actually fly in an F-14 jet which was a dream come true, and play a character I loved in Maverick.”

Tom told the PA News Service that he advocated for realism in the new  Top Gun , translating to as little computer trickery as possible. For Cruise, a man with a decades-old flying license, flying would be easy, but the rest of the cast needed intense training. 

For three months, the actors developed skills crafted by Cruise and learned how to film while inside the aircraft. However, few can match Tom Cruise, as Miles Teller admitted that he never got used to the feeling:

“We trained for this for a long time, Tom had us in a flight programme for several months before we ever started filming. But it was never something you really ever got, like, super comfortable with, at least for me. It was something that every time I went up, it really tested me and I felt like I wanted to puke pretty much every time.”

Cruise didn’t get to fly the F-18 Super Hornet in  Top Gun

Cruise may be an experienced pilot, but the military doesn’t hand the keys to one of their most prized assets to anyone with a flying license. 

The military hasn’t given a reason why it didn’t offer Cruise the F-18 Super Hornet, but we think money has a lot to do with it. The jet costs $70 million, nearly half of the film’s $152 budget. Few insurers would accept to insure potential damage of such an aircraft. 

Furthermore, despite having a pilot’s license, Cruise may not have the requisite skill to fly an F-18 safely – placing one in his hands would put lives at risk. The crew and cast filmed using real F-18 jets driven by trained Navy pilots. 

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director explains what it took to ace Tom Cruise’s awesome flight scenes

‘You just can’t fake what it’s like to be in one of these airplanes,’ says director Joseph Kosinski.

Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick

Anyone who fueled up on Top Gun: Maverick this summer knows the chart-shattering sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic features some of the most realistic and hair-raising aerial acrobatics ever committed to film. What you may not know, though, is how Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski collaborated with a team of ace real-life pilots to capture the movie’s authentic aerial combat sequences.

There’s no CGI along for the ride as Cruise and his crack team of present-day daredevils take what seems like an impossible fight to the movie’s unnamed bad guys. That’s because the onscreen action was captured exactly as it actually happened — a feat that required tons of practical expertise from the U.S. military pros who fly the film’s cutting-edge Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (as well as legacy aircraft like Cruise’s old-school Grumman F-14 Tomcat) — all as part of a day’s work.

“I saw online that some Navy pilots were putting on YouTube these videos where they would film their training exercises by putting a little GoPro on the canopy next to them,” Kosinski told The New York Times of his initial research into how Maverick would set up its in-flight action. “And so there was this kind of off-kilter angle that was capturing their training flight, and when I saw that, I was like, this is more interesting than any aerial sequence I’ve seen in a movie in a long time. So, [I wanted to] get the choreography of dog fighting, and do it in a two-seat airplane so Tom can be in the back and the [actual] Top Gun pilot can be in the front and [a real] Top Gun pilot is in the same thing that Tom’s wearing.”

Though Cruise is famous for performing his own stunts , there are some things that just have to be handled by the experts — and that includes piloting an extraordinarily expensive aircraft paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense. Kosinski said Cruise challenged all of the film’s flying cast to get themselves into “the same aviation shape that he was,” easing the illusion that the helmeted pilots actually at the helm were Cruise and the rest of the cast.

“…I can shoot Tom with these cameras, and it’ll look like Tom’s flying it,” Kosinski explained. “That was the inspiration. Then we went to Top Gun [the real-life, Nevada-based Navy Fighter Weapons School ], and we worked with the best pilots in the world flying these sequences for us.”

Committing so much effort to nailing the real look and feel of a dogfighter’s view from the cockpit, confessed Kosinski, “was a lot of work.” But, he said, there’s simply no CGI substitute for capturing the real thing. “You just can’t fake what it’s like to be in one of these airplanes,” he said. “You can’t fake the imagery of what it’s like to be going 600 miles an hour 30 feet above the ground through a canyon. I think, as an audience member, something in your brain tells you it’s real, and there is a visceral response, and so I’m glad we did it.”

The blockbuster sequel continues to swoop box office receipts , collecting a global $1.4 billion and $731 million domestic haul as the year’s highest-flying movie (as well as Cruise’ highest-grossing film ever). If you missed the movie’s initial flight in theaters, not to worry: Top Gun: Maverick has just come in for landing at on-demand streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime and Apple TV+.

Looking for some action and adventure? Peacock has a slew of titles to get your heart rate up, including The Fast and the Furious, Ambulance, and Flashpoint. 

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Tom Cruise felt the need to terrify James Corden in a ‘Top Gun’ fighter jet

The danger zone met the funny bone when Tom Cruise took James Corden up for a pair of unforgettable flights he piloted on Monday night’s “Late Late Show.”

The “Top Gun: Maverick” star, who previously went skydiving with Corden, took the late-night host out to the desert where Cruise revealed he would fly the two of them in a vintage fighter plane.

“With all due respect, you played a lawyer in ‘A Few Good Men.’ I wouldn’t want you to represent me in court,” Corden said. 

Corden tried to run away, but that couldn’t dampen Cruise’s enthusiasm.

“I’m very excited that James is doing this,” he said. “Was he the first late-night show that I asked? Hell, no. He was just the first one — and the only one — who said yes.”

The pair prepped for the flight and Cruise explained what he would do if there’s a malfunction — roll the plane over and dump Corden out.

“I’m going to plop you out,” Cruise said, which had Corden looking stupefied.

If the flight had Corden’s stomach in knots, it had viewers’ stomachs hurting from laughing.

As they took off, Corden asked Cruise for the Wi-Fi password. While they were flying, Cruise took a dive to the left and Corden posted a note saying “Help me” on the window. They also got into a “dogfight” with another plane next to them.

“You’re a madman!” Corden said after Cruise flew over a mountain.

After they landed, Cruise said they were going to go up again in a plane with air conditioning before they engaged in some in “Top Gun” training.

Corden said he has no interest in flying the new plane, but Cruise kept him seated.

“You are my Goose,” he said, alluding to Anthony Edwards’ doomed character in the original “Top Gun.”

“When you say I’m your Goose, it makes me feel excited and then I realize that Goose dies at the end of the film,” Corden said.

Cruise then touched his face to simulate how Corden will feel with negative G and positive G forces. They walked around with Corden’s hands on Cruise’s hips to feel what the flight will be like.

Cruise felt the need for speed. Corden? Not so much.

“We’re doing the conga!” an exasperated Corden said.

The segment went into full-blown “Top Gun” parody mode when Cruise started singing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” after Corden complained about going up again. They also played volleyball, a reference to one of that movie’s most famous scenes.

While camping out that night, Cruise explained why he called his movie “Cocktail” and how the missions in the “Mission: Impossible” movies were actually possible.

The next day, they took off in the new plane, singing the “Top Gun” classic “Danger Zone” and “Old Time Rock & Roll,” made famous by Cruise’s movie “Risky Business.”

“This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done,” Corden said as Cruise pointed out the nearby trees.

James freaked out as Cruise dipped and then ascended. 

“You absolute bastard,” Corden said before motioning to a camera in another plane that Cruise is crazy.

Cruise said he’d fly straight for a bit, then motioned to the camera that he won’t before he went  upside down.

“Oh my god,” Corden said.

They finally touched down and hugged.

“I love you and I hate you at the same time,” Corden said,

“You can be my wingman anytime,” Cruise said, prompting Corden to reply, “I’m good.”

Drew Weisholtz is a reporter for TODAY Digital, focusing on pop culture, nostalgia and trending stories. He has seen every episode of “Saved by the Bell” at least 50 times, longs to perfect the crane kick from “The Karate Kid” and performs stand-up comedy, while also cheering on the New York Yankees and New York Giants. A graduate of Rutgers University, he is the married father of two kids who believe he is ridiculous.

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Does Tom Cruise really fly jets as Top Gun: Maverick stunts win fans over?

Does Tom Cruise really fly jets as Top Gun: Maverick stunts win fans over?

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Tom Cruise’s 2022 action thriller Top Gun: Maverick is finally out in theatres, but does the Hollywood star really fly jets in the movie?

Tom is known for doing all his stunts by himself and has developed a daredevil reputation among fans. The 59-year-old actor has amazed everyone by doing some of the deadliest action scenes ever seen.

Fans have been raving about Top Gun 2 ever since the trailer was released. But, can Tom actually fly jets or has he used a stunt double in the movie?

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Does Tom Cruise really fly jets?

In his Wired Web’s Most Searched Questions interview in 2017 , Tom revealed that he is a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot.

This means he is capable of flying both jets and helicopters.

He flew a P-51 propeller-driven fighter plane and a few helicopters in the new film.

The Top Gun: Maverick   movie featurette  also revealed that Tom flew a jet all by himself for the film and experienced the 8G’s, which is enough force to distort one’s face.

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Star was not allowed to fly an F-18 fighter jet

While the 59-year-old actor is a certified pilot, he was denied permission by the navy to fly an F-18 Fighter Jet.

The reason for this is that plane’s cost makes up roughly half of  Top Gun: Maverick ‘s $152 million budget. It would have required Tom to get insured, which would’ve further added to the costs.

Moreover, although Tom is a certified pilot, he does not have the specific training required to fly the F-18. Hence, for his own safety and that of civilians, he was denied permission.

While the F-18 jet does feature in Top Gun: Maverick , the scenes are shot with the help of the military.

Top Gun: Maverick stunts wins fans’ hearts

Fans were in awe after watching all the stunts in Top Gun: Maverick . Here’s how a few of them reacted on Twitter…

honestly haven't stopped thinking about top gun maverick since last night. it may have the most exhilarating final act of a film ive seen… ever? certainly a long, long time. i just CANNOT believe that they did all of those stunts practically ?!! — Awais Irfan (@OasisAwais) May 26, 2022
During the screening of TOP GUN: MAVERICK, a man in his fifties yelled out in what sounded like a fit of pure ecstasy during one of the aerial stunts. He sounded like he was being raptured. I cannot wait for the dads of the world to experience this movie this summer. — Rob Saucedo (@robsaucedo2500) April 28, 2022
I genuinely did think this. The way that they were flying and those altitudes ?!?!?! When Cruise did the run in 2.5 mins, I was actually worried for his life 😂 — Awais Irfan (@OasisAwais) May 26, 2022
#TopGunMaverick is one of the greatest movies i have seen in the recent times.. TOP NOTCH ACTION FILM! Aerial stunts literally blew my mind.. befitting sequel to #TopGun Thank u for the experience @TopGunMovie #TomCruise #JenniferConnelly #ParamountPlus #F18 #maverick #goose pic.twitter.com/PKwc85yEJi — Bun maska (@ArjunGupta46) May 26, 2022
Keeping in mind that I just saw Top Gun for the first time recently, and thought it was fine, Maverick is extraordinary. The epitome of what big budget filmmaking can be. Thrilling aerial sequences and stunt work, compelling character arcs, thoughtful writing, and tons of fun. — Maxwell “Swell” Haddad (@cinemaxwell) May 25, 2022
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For 'Top Gun: Maverick,' Tom Cruise flew a jet, experienced up to 8 G's: 'You can't act that'

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Tom Cruise is no slacker when it comes to doing his own action movie stunts . But does he really need to be flying his own fighter jet as six cameras record his every move inside of the cockpit for a film?

Yes, absolutely he does!

And that's what the star, and some of his cast mates, have done for "Top Gun: Maverick," the highly anticipated sequel that arrives 34 years after the original. 

In a featurette for the movie released Wednesday, Cruise defends his decision to eschew CGI for actually piloting a jet. "You can't act that, the distortion in the face. They’re pulling 7½, 8 G's. That’s 1,600 pounds of force," he says.

So it's no surprise that the video shows actor Danny Ramirez nearly vomiting in the cockpit.

"It is heavy duty," says Cruise. No kidding.

Adds new co-star Miles Teller, who plays Goose's son, "Rooster": "Putting us up in these jets, it's very serious. That's why everybody thought it would be impossible. I think when Tom hears that something's impossible or it can't be done, that’s when he gets to work." 

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In "Top Gun: Maverick," Cruise's character, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, is a test pilot who finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission, "the likes of which no pilot has ever seen," according to a release from Paramount.

But Cruise, 57, seems up for the challenge of acting as the leader for such a mission. Even if it makes him woozy and out of breath, as we see in the new promo clip.

"Top Gun: Maverick" is set for theaters in June.

Does Tom Cruise Really Know How To Fly Jets?

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Tom Cruise has made headlines for a lot of unique reasons over the years, from his epic on-set rants to his volatile love life, passionate devotion to Scientology, celebrity feuds, and various disturbing truths that fans tend to ignore . Even his passion for aviation has often gotten folks talking, like when he accepted his 2023 MTV Movie & TV Award from a plane, took James Corden for a flight in a World War II P-51 Mustang, and intensified his weird relationship with the royals with a bizarre fly-by message to King Charles on coronation weekend.

Indeed, fans will know Cruise loves flying, and he's all about doing his own stunts. Remember his climb up Dubai's Burj Khalifa in "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol"? Yes, he really was 1,700 feet in the air, hanging by a thin wire. "The whole thing was one, extended, hair-raising moment," director Brad Bird told the  New York Daily News at the time. How about that scene in "Mission: Impossible Fall Out" where he's dangling off a helicopter? Yes, he did that too. "It's all Tom flying, 100% of it," stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood told the Los Angeles Times . Most impressive, however, are all of the scenes in which Cruise appears to be piloting various fighter jets, which has left many wondering whether the actor can really fly. We can explain.

Yes, Tom Cruise does really know how to fly

Tom Cruise doesn't just talk the talk — he loves flying, and he really does know how to fly. As he told Conan O'Brien in 2019, "As a little kid, I wanted to fly airplanes, and I wanted to make movies." With his work, he's found a way to combine the two, and many of his films, like "Top Gun: Maverick," are an ode to his beloved hobby. "I'm a pilot myself," he enthused. "I love flying, and I love aviation, so this is also just a love letter to aviation." This is why he demanded that he be allowed to fly an F-14 himself, and the studio agreed. "I went through all the pilot training, and then I filmed three flights in the F-14 in one day — it was a dream of mine," he said.

However, Cruise was flying long before then. He originally got his license in 1994, and as he told WIRED in 2017, he can indeed fly airplanes. "I'm a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot," he explained. What's more, he can also pilot a helicopter and got his license so he could film his dream helicopter sequence for "Mission: Impossible – Fallout." Not too shabby! "I fly aerobatics in that," he shared . "I'm a commercially-rated helicopter pilot also." As the movie's stunt coordinator, Wade Eastwood, told Thrillist , Cruise also underwent stunt training and totally crushed it. "Tom is a great pilot," he applauded.

The military refused to give Tom Cruise access to one special plane

Tom Cruise's flight skills may garner plenty of confidence from his crew, but the US Navy didn't fully share that sentiment. In 2020, Cruise told Empire that when he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer started planning "Top Gun: Maverick," he wholeheartedly opposed the use of special effects and demanded that he be allowed to fly an actual F-18. However, despite being allowed to helm an F-14, Bruckheimer told Empire (via USA Today ), "The Navy wouldn't let him fly an F-18." Even so, his skills as a pilot are on full display in the flick. "He flies a P-51 in the movie and he flies helicopters," the producer shared. "He can do just about anything in an airplane."

As for those F-18 sequences, they had to get creative. They agreed to use two-seater F/A-18 Fs instead, so a professional could pilot the plane, the actor could be in the back, and CGI could take care of the rest. As "Maverick" stunt coordinator Kevin LaRosa II told GQ , it was the next best thing. "The beauty is that really is a shot of Tom in the back seat of that F-18, so he is there, being piloted by a genuine naval aviator," he enthused. What's more, Cruise told Channel 4 Sport , he was sort of allowed to fly the plane. "They let me have a stick in the back and a throttle, so there were times where they let me fly in fly formation," he said.

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Does Tom Cruise Own a Plane?

With a net worth of over $500 million, Tom Cruise is definitely living the best life he could. Tom has acquired lots of luxury properties, and if you had money like Tom, you would definitely spend money on things you are passionate about. We know that Tom Cruise loves flying and is a pilot. However, does Tom Cruise own a plane? Knowing this will let us know just how much Tom spends on his passion. 

Yes, Tom Cruise is a Maverick in real life as he has a collection of private jets. He has a collection of aircraft and does not hesitate to spend on them. Keep reading to find out about Tom Cruise planes.

Tom Cruise’ Enviable Flight Collection

If you had money like Tom, you would most likely buy things you have been longing to own. Tom Cruise is no exception. He is human and spends money on luxury automobiles, mansions, clothes, cuisine etc. He seems to live life to the fullest as he always appears well-groomed. Tom Cruise also spends money on charity and enjoys making his friends smile. When he is not busy spoiling his friends or buying any of the other things listed. He buys a luxury jet. 

Tom is a proud owner of a P-51 Mustang. This is an American long-range single-seat fighter jet from World War II. Looks like Tom Cruise is Captain Maverick in real life. The fighter jet has the words “Kiss Me, Kate” on the side. The inscription refers to Katie Holmes, Tom’s ex-wife. 

The Mustang has a serial number of 44-12840 . It was built in 1946 and initially donated to the Civil Air Patrol unit. However, it ended up in a museum in Illinois and was later completely restored by 1997 by Art Teeters. Tom Cruise bought it in 2001. 

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Tom Cruise also owns a Gulfstream IV, which is one of the most beautiful jets anyone can own. A brand new Gulfstream IV costs about $20 million. The plane is also fully fitted with a Jacuzzi and a screening room.

Where Does Tom Cruise Fly His Private Jets To?

Since Tom Cruise is almost always on set and gets couriered to different locations, you may be wondering when and how he gets the opportunity to fly his private jets. We know that Tom Cruise is a pilot, but he has no passengers to fly to the best of our knowledge. Are his private jets just sitting in a hanger or does he get to fly them at all?

Tom flies his private jet. Not as frequently as expected but he gets in the cockpit once in a while. On 7th September 2018, Tom Cruise flew into Marana to refuel his vintage aeroplane. He was spotted by a fan outside the cockpit of his Mustang at Marana Regional Airport. 

Also, Tom flew his fighter jet to the set of Top Gun. Definitely a grand entrance for Maverick himself. Also, Tom has sent his private plane to pick up groceries for his wife. This was not a good thing to do for the environment, and we are happy; it was a one-time thing. 

Thus, Tom Cruise is living his best life with his planes. He gets to be Maverick offset and can also explore his love for flying.

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A Beautiful Mustang

Tom Cruise’s P-51 Mustang looks very well-maintained judging from this video alone. According to one of the staff, Cruise’s Mustang is designed and rebuilt into the more-iconic D model. Originally, his P-51″D” was built as a P-51K and was used as a photo-reconnaissance fighter plane in the 1940s. There isn’t much difference between the D and K models though.

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The one big difference was their propellers. The K models had 11 ft Aeroproducts propellers while the D models had a slightly bigger Hamilton Standard prop. Ever since being rebuilt into the D model, Cruise’s P-51 now has a Hamilton Standard propeller. The colors that the plane uses are inspired by the 334th Fighter Squadron “Fighting Eagles”.

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His Mustang is still airworthy as of today and it is currently one of the only few airworthy P-51K Mustangs in the world. It spends the majority of its time in the hangar of the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.

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The Boeing 737 Max 9 takes off again, but the company faces more turbulence ahead

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A Boeing 737 MAX 9 for Alaska Airlines is pictured along with other aircraft at Renton Municipal Airport adjacent to Boeing's factory in Washington. Alaska Airlines resumed service of its 737 MAX 9 fleet on January 26, 2024, three weeks after an emergency landing prompted sweeping inspections of the aircraft. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

A Boeing 737 MAX 9 for Alaska Airlines is pictured along with other aircraft at Renton Municipal Airport adjacent to Boeing's factory in Washington. Alaska Airlines resumed service of its 737 MAX 9 fleet on January 26, 2024, three weeks after an emergency landing prompted sweeping inspections of the aircraft.

PORTLAND, Ore. — It's been three weeks since Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 took off from Portland International Airport, and then quickly returned without a door plug panel .

Now some of the first Boeing 737 Max 9 flights are departing from the same airport, and Alaska Airlines customers know it.

"I never paid any attention until this happened as to what I was flying in," said Corrie Savio.

Here's how to tell if your next flight is on a Boeing 737 Max 9

Here's how to tell if your next flight is on a Boeing 737 Max 9

Her traveling companion, James Vanarsdel, said the incident changed his opinion of Boeing, making him reluctant to fly on a Max 9 now .

"Until I am confident that the problem has been fixed," he said. "And I still don't think it has."

No one was seriously injured when the door plug panel blew off the Alaska Airlines plane in midair. But the latest incident on a Boeing Max jet has renewed big questions about the company's quality control .

Industry analysts say Boeing has even bigger problems as it struggles to hold on to its share of the market for commercial planes.

"People are focused on one incident, which is embarrassing," said Richard Aboulafia, the managing director of AeroDynamic Advisory. "But it's actually been a series of incidents and it's worse than that."

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Boeing's quality control draws criticism as a whistleblower alleges lapses at factory

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Boeing has failed to learn from two deadly crashes of 737 Max 8 jets in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people , Aboulafia argues. The company's management is so focused on cutting costs and speeding up production, he says, that it's lost sight of the basics, like safety and quality control.

"It's a broader company problem," Aboulafia said. "A management culture that under-resources and misunderstands what the people who build the planes actually need to do their job."

This week, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun was doing damage control on Capitol Hill.

"We believe in our airplanes," he told reporters between private meetings with lawmakers. "We have confidence in the safety of our airplanes. And that's what all of this is about."

On Thursday, Boeing held what it called a " quality stand down " at its 737 factory in Renton, Wash. part of an effort to show that the company is committed to improving quality.

But it will take more than that to satisfy its customers. Alaska Airlines, for one, was the butt of the joke on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

"Our new slogan is Alaska Airlines: You didn't die and you got a cool story," said a cast member dressed as an Alaska employee.

"You know those bolts that, like, hold the plane together? We're going to go ahead and tighten some of those," another cast member said.

Alaska CEO Ben Minicucci was not laughing when he talked to investors this week. He says the company lost $150 million because of the grounding. Minicucci said the airline will try to recoup that money from Boeing, and it will push the company to improve quality control.

"We're going to hold Boeing's feet to the fire to make sure that we get good airplanes out of that factory," Minicucci said.

Regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration want to do the same . They've taken the highly unusual step of setting production caps — both on the Max 9 and 8, and two other 737 models that are awaiting approval from regulators, including the smaller Max 7 and the larger Max 10.

"Basically what the FAA has said is slow down," said Kathleen Bangs, an aviation safety analyst and a former commercial pilot who spoke to NPR's Morning Edition . "You're not going to expand the production line right now. And obviously, that's going to hurt Boeing's bottom line."

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It gets even worse for Boeing. The company had been seeking an exemption from federal safety rules so that it could begin delivering the Max 7 this spring. But opposition to that is mounting in the wake of the door plug incident.

This comes as Boeing is steadily losing market share to its main rival, Airbus. Analyst Richard Aboulafia says Boeing management doesn't have a new plane on the drawing board to compete.

"They're not investing in the future," Aboulafia said. "If you're not investing in the workforce, it stands to reason, you're also cutting costs in terms of product development. And that is seriously weighing against their market share with Airbus."

If there's a silver lining for Boeing, it's that most airlines can't easily switch over to buy from Airbus, because the backlog for new orders is massive.

That means airlines have no choice but to stick with Boeing if they want new planes before the end of the decade. And ultimately, travelers may not have much choice, either.

NPR's Joel Rose reported from Washington, D.C. and Tom Goldman contributed from Portland, Ore.

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Tom Cruise Touches Down in London After a Helicopter Ride

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Tom Cruise truly does travel in style!

The 61-year-old Mission: Impossible star was spotted touching down in a helicopter at Battersea heliport on Saturday (February 3) in London, England.

He was casually dressed in a long-sleeved, black shirt pants and sporty shoes and appeared to be in good spirits while leaving the helicopter behind.

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His latest sighting comes shortly after we learned that Tom will reportedly be making a third Top Gun movie . There was some very exciting casting news, with some of the biggest stars from Top Gun: Maverick expected to return.

If you missed it, an A-list actor revealed why they had to pass on a chance to work with Tom .

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How to Determine What Type of Plane You’re Flying in on Your Next Trip

Most airlines detail the type of aircraft that flights will be using during the booking process

Nicholas Rice is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers.

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For air travelers, knowing what type of plane you're flying in can provide peace of mind for many reasons.

Sometimes, a traveler may want to figure out the seat configuration on an aircraft, or perhaps determine the sizing of overhead compartments and under-seat storage to plan which carry-on bag to use ahead of time.

More recently, passengers may also want to uncover if they are traveling on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft, following the grounding of Boeing 737-9 Max planes after an Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing earlier this month after a chunk of the aircraft's cabin blew out mid-flight.

Currently, most airlines detail the type of aircraft that flights will be using during the booking process.

But should travelers need to find that information after they've already booked a flight, the information is also readily available on their reservation.

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Alongside checking directly where a flight was booked, fliers can also use various other websites to see what type of plane they will be on during their trip.

One website frequently used by travelers is Flight Aware , an online tool that offers "real-time, historical and predictive flight-tracking data," per its website.

Flight Aware's website adds that it is the world's largest flight-tracking platform, as of 2019.

On the site, users can input their flight details and, once they select their flight, they can look on the right side of the page for "Flight Details."

There, under the section titled "Aircraft Details," a block titled "Aircraft Information" will have an area labeled with the "Aircraft Type" information that fliers are looking for.

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Tom Cruise Returns To Warner Bros, Forms New Strategic Movie Partnership

Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav and the Motion Picture Group's co-chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy have hammered out a new strategic partnership deal with Tom Cruise that takes effect this year.

The $13 billion-grossing star and producer will develop and produce original and franchise theatrical titles which he'll star in. Cruise and his production company will have an office on the Burbank, CA lot. The last time Cruise starred in a Warner Bros movie was the 2014 sci-fi action title Edge of Tomorrow ($370.5 million global gross), one of eight titles he made with the studio including Rock of Ages, The Last Samurai, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, Interview with the Vampire, Risky Business  and  The Outsiders . 

Note, this isn't an exclusive deal, as Cruise will continue to work with Paramount, where he's shooting Mission: Impossible 8 , and Universal, where he's making the $200M shot-in-space movie directed by Doug Liman . Overall, Cruise doesn't have exclusive deals at any studio. No projects at this point in time are in the works or greenlit, as it's still early.

"We are thrilled to be working with Tom, an absolute legend in the film industry," De Luca and Abdy said Tuesday. "Our vision, from day one, has been to rebuild this iconic studio to the heights of its glory days, and, in fact, when we first sat down with David Zaslav to talk about joining the Warner Bros Discovery team, he said to us, ‘We are on a mission to bring Warner Bros back – we have the best resources, storytelling IP, and talent in the business – and we need to bring Tom Cruise back to Warner Bros!' Today, that becomes a reality and we are one step closer to achieving our ambition. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Tom back to Warner Bros and look forward to bringing more of his genius to life on screen in the years ahead."

Said Cruise: "I have great respect and admiration for David, Pam, Mike, and the entire team at Warner Bros. Discovery and their commitment to movies, movie fans, and the theatrical experience. I look forward to making great movies together!"

The three-time Oscar-nominated Cruise saw the biggest-grossing film of his career with 2022's Top Gun: Maverick, which made $1.49 billion worldwide and was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture. Last year, his Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning made $567.5M worldwide, the sixth highest-grossing movie of his career.

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